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Talent Board Announces Winners of 2019 North American Candidate Experience Awards

65 companies will be recognized for candidate experience excellence and ranked by company size this year at the CandE Awards Gala

SAN FRANCISCOSept. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Talent Board, a non-profit organization focused on the promotion and benchmark research of a quality candidate experience, today revealed the winners of the 2019 North American Candidate Experience (CandE) Awards. Over 170 companies registered to participate in the 2019 North American Talent Board CandE Awards benchmark research program, which ultimately collected the thoughts and experiences of over 195,000 job candidates.

Talent Board and the Candidate Experience Awards

Winners were identified through a comprehensive data analysis based on their job candidates’ satisfaction survey scores. To qualify, each company committed to a statistically significant candidate response rate, where the proportion of respondents who were not hired met or exceeded a set standard. The final analysis included four key questions that had a significant impact on determining the winners:

  1. The candidates’ overall ranking of their candidate experience
  2. Whether or not they would reapply to the organization in the future
  3. Whether or not they would refer other job seekers to the organization in the future
  4. And how the candidates would change their business relationship status with the organization going forward based on their experience

The above analysis resulted in a final CandE score for each participating organization. This year the 65 organizations big and small across multiple industries that received the highest positive candidate experience ratings in North America had an average CandE score 144 percent higher than all other participating organizations. We continue to see an increased focus on Candidate Experience and the value it brings to an organization.

The 2019 North American CandE Awards winners are (in alphabetical order below – you can see the overall/ company size ranking order here):

Air Canada
American Airlines
Auburn-Washburn USD 437
BASF Corporation
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
BroadPath Healthcare Solutions
Brown-Forman Inc
Children’s Mercy Kansas City
Colorado Springs Utilities
Compassion International
CSAA Insurance Group
D2L Corporation
Deluxe Corporation
Dent Wizard International
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Inc.
E. & J. Gallo Winery
Enterprise Holdings
Entrust Datacard
Erie Insurance
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Foot Locker Inc
Grant Thornton LLP (Canada)
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
Humana, Inc.
IDEA Public Schools
Ingevity Corporation
Intel Corporation
Intermountain Healthcare
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
JetBlue Airways
Johnson & Johnson
Kronos Inc
Lockheed Martin
Manulife / John Hancock
New Balance Athletics, Inc
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Noble Energy
OptumCare, formerly DaVita Medical Group
Procore Technologies
Procter & Gamble
Sequoia Equities
Sharp HealthCare
Southern Company
Southwest Airlines
Syneos Health
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.
UST Global
Valvoline Inc.
Waste Management
West Monroe Partners
West Virginia University Division of Talent and Culture

“Nine years ago, Talent Board and the Candidate Experience Awards was founded to shine a light on organizations working hard to improve recruiting and their candidate experience. We never imagined seeing candidate experience continuously improved year after year by hundreds of companies of different sizes and across industry sectors,” said Debbie McGrath, Talent Board chair and founder and chief instigator of “We’re also excited to go further with our CandE benchmark data analysis comparing organizations by company industry, size and job types in our research reports this year. We are grateful for this year’s North American CandE Award winner contributions and look forward to celebrating their efforts.”

Along with the 65 CandE Winners, all employers participating in this year’s Candidate Experience Awards will be celebrated at the 2019 North American Candidate Experience (CandE) Symposium and Awards Gala, taking place on Monday, October 14, 2019 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, in conjunction with ERE Recruiting Conference, October 14-16, 2019. After a full day of informative recruiting and candidate experience sessions, Talent Board will also be releasing the full list of this year’s CandE winners by their final ranking order by company size at this year’s event for the first time, as well as their overall ranking and industry.

This year’s winners will also be sharing their transformative talent acquisition stories and how they are continuously working to improve their overall candidate experience.

About Talent Board

Talent Board and the Candidate Experience Awards, founded in 2011, is the first non-profit research organization focused on the elevation and promotion of a quality candidate experience with industry benchmarks that highlight accountability, fairness and business impact. The organization, Candidate Experience (CandE) Awards program and its sponsors are dedicated to recognizing the candidate experience offered by companies throughout the entire recruitment cycle and to forever changing the manner in which job candidates are treated. The CandE Awards also serve as a benchmarking program to raise awareness of the benefits of a positive candidate experience and highlight the processes, methodologies and technology that can enhance the recruiting experience as demonstrated by the winning organizations. More information can be accessed at

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